Saturday, August 13, 2011

the power of "choice"

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself." Lucille Ball

a dear friend of mine recently posted this quote as her facebook status
on what would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday.

i've thought a lot about that comment since then,
even posted it up on my computer screen's background.

i've got a few things that i'm stressing about and getting discouraged over but when i stop and REALLY think about it....

those stressful thoughts.....aren't that stressful.
getting discouraged is a way of life,
it's the getting back up that's the hard part.

it's how i handle the situation is what makes the difference.
it's the "choice" I can make about how I choose to handle it.

i can go sit in my room and pout and cry....
but that will only lead to a runny pink nose, throbbing headache and the loss of time.

i could yell and scream, rant and rave till i'm blue in the face....
but that will lead to no voice and turning blue in the face, and tho i do look good in blue,
no one really wants to listen or see me that way.

yesterday i called a friend and vented about a situation that's going on right now...
a situation that I KNOW i'm doing my very best to make happen, but i was getting discouraged about doing everything and just wanted to give up
and even tho i want the very best to make this situation the best possible thing...
i needed to step back, take a deep breath, and realize that YES i am doing a great job
that YES it's difficult, but can be done
and that NO i can not please everyone all the time.
i needed to look at all the positive things that i had gotten accomplished.

last night was the first night all week, i slept soundly. without waking up.

we've been given an amazing gift of "choice"
it's up to us to sit back, take deep breaths, and make a choice about how we're going to handle things.

i'm choosing to stay busy. to look at things a different way. know that whatever happens, it will all work out to be ok.

to those who really know me....this is HUGE. i usually always plan for the worse, then am surprised by how great things turned out. now....i'll be planning for the best.

and when things don't go as planned....i know i'll have choice to make on how i handle it.

i'll choose to smile.

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